Imphal, Jun 24,
The state government has launched a drive against the use of plastic bags which are less than 50 microns thick. The State Government had issued a notification banning plastic bags under 50 microns in September last year. The Manipur Pollution Control Board will set up centres in every district of the state to collect plastic wastes.
Like several other states, the Manipur government is trying to educate the common people about the disadvantage of use of low quality plastic bags. The State Pollution Control Board officials have seized more than 1,400 kilograms plastic bags during the recent searches in various parts of Imphal.
The seized plastic bags would be used in road construction on trial basis by the authorities. The Board has made provision of jail term of five years or one lakh rupees fine for using and stockpiling the banned plastic bags from August this year.